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Conceptually brilliant, prolific soup
This book isn’t very readable unless you like the new Mad Max movie Fury Road. In which case you’re have to find your own way to enjoy it. For me, the concepts the author presented were revelatory. In any case; you have been forewarned. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
My brain hurts.
By Delta Echo Echo
Full disclosure- I only read part of the free sample. That's why I gave this two stars instead of one. This is mostly incomprehensible word salad with a hefty helping of Internet thesaurus hoping the latter obscures the former and makes the author/editor appear intelligent. A few intelligible sentences alight briefly on topics of interest to me only to be blasted away by the roaring past of a dry desert dust storm's worth of hot air.
I hope someone I respect will tell me I just needed to read farther into the book at which point I'll eat my words. Meanwhile I'm off to get a book deal of my own since all it apparently takes anymore is a wall papered with pages torn out of an old-fashioned print dictionary, a set of darts, and a willingness to construct sequential sentences around whichever 5-syllable-plus word your dart lands nearest.
A defining book for this generation. Will completely change how you view things. Everyone should read it.
Waste of time
This book is a convoluted mess of ideas and made up words with a loose and lousy sentence structure. Taleb made a fortune betting against the market, a few times. He does not have anything great to offer here. Recommend reading Dan Kahneman, Nate Silvers, or Sam Harris for substance.
Original and Valuable
Taleb's approach — estimating fragility rather than predicting risk, as well as acknowledging the existing of antifragility — has never been taken before and it's absolutely worth reading and observing.
Understanding turkey view may provide the most impact in ones life!
I like his writing because it provides a different view, rather than most biz books that state the obvious after the fact!